Advice for international students.

We’re looking forward to welcoming you to Canterbury Christ Church University for the start of the autumn semester/trimester. 

Staff in the International Partnerships and Development Office, as well as colleagues across the University, are here to support our international students. If you have any questions you can always email international@canterbury.ac.uk for advice and support. We have also set up a closed Facebook group so you can meet other international students and share experiences. 

Please make sure you follow the current government advice in terms of entering the UK particularly in relation to Covid-19 guidance.

For a thorough guide about coming to study in the UK please visit the British Council webpages. 

UK Government rules state that all international arrivals are required to declare where they will be staying on arrival in the UK and that passengers travelling from countries not on the exemption list will need to self-isolate in their accommodation for 14 days. This process is sometimes known as quarantining.

Everyone travelling to the UK (from any country) must complete a Passenger Locator Form online before arriving in the UK – even if you are travelling from a country or territory where you do not have to self-isolate upon arrival in the UK. You must complete this form even if you’ve already completed a different form to enter another country.

 

  • You must bring a copy of the Passenger Locator Form (digital or hard copy) with you.
  • If you do not complete the form before you arrive in the UK, it will take you longer to enter the UK.
  • You cannot submit the form until 48 hours before you’re due to arrive in the UK.
  • It is essential to always review the latest Government advice relating to any countries that you are travelling through to reach the UK.
  • Bring a face mask and hand sanitiser in your hand luggage.
  • Bring an international credit or debit card – be aware that it may be difficult to open a bank account in the first two weeks and that using cash should be avoided.
  • Check that your travel and health insurance is appropriate as many providers are adding Covid-19 exclusions

Please make sure you follow the current government advice in terms of entering the UK particularly in relation to Covid-19 guidance.

The UK has left the European Union and is now in a period of transition until 31 December 2020.

If you are an offer-holder, your course starts before 31 December 2020 and you intend to travel to the UK before 31 December 2020, you will NOT be required to apply for a visa in order to study in the UK. You will be able to travel to the UK the same way as you do now and you may go through the e-Gate if you hold a biometric passport. It would be helpful to have a copy of your offer letter in your hand luggage in case you are asked the purpose of your travel when crossing the border.

EU Settlement Scheme

The UK government has committed to protect the rights of EU citizens and their family members currently living in the UK. This includes the right to live here, to study, work and access public services such as healthcare. To retain these rights beyond 31 December 2020, EU citizens and their family members must apply for UK immigration status under the EU Settlement Scheme. Further details on the Settlement Scheme can be found on GOV.UK.

If you intend to remain in the UK after 31 December 2020, or, if you are undecided but want to keep your options open, then you will have between now and 31 December 2020 to make this application.

The application is free of charge and you are advised to watch the YouTube video about an 'EU Settlement Scheme Application Walk-through' before making your application (video is produced by Free Movement Website founded by a UK solicitor).

When should I make this application?

Once you are resident in the UK, you will be able to make your application.

In order to make your application successfully, you will need to provide evidence of your residence in the UK. Registered students may request a 'Student Status Letter' from the i-zone (?) as proof of address - please specify that you require this letter as 'proof of residence' in order to apply for the 'EU Settlement Scheme' so that you are issued the correct letter.

Comprehensive Sickness Insurance

Until the end of the transition period, it is a requirement that EU/EEA students and their family members have Comprehensive Sickness Insurance (unless they are also considered as a 'worker').

You are strongly advised to obtain an EHIC card before you leave your home country.

To find out more about the European Settlement Scheme, please refer to the UKCISA website or email international@canterbury.ac.uk .

Last reviewed 13 July.

Please make sure you follow the current government advice in terms of entering the UK particularly in relation to Covid-19 guidance.

You will need to enter the UK under Tier 4. We encourage all international students to read the UKCISA student guidance for advice about immigration and Tier 4 visas (eligibility and requirements) as soon as possible. This is so that you are well prepared and have time to collect the necessary documents ready for when you make your visa application.

What is the CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies)?

At Canterbury Christ Church University, the Admissions Team will assign your CAS. It is a virtual document that confirms we are willing to act as your educational sponsor. You must have an unused CAS for each Tier 4 visa application you make. When you put your CAS number on your Tier 4 visa application form, it allows a UKVI caseworker to access your information electronically. Your CAS will provide the UKVI caseworker with your personal details, details about your proposed course of study and any course related fees.

Applying for a Tier 4 Visa

To successfully apply for a Tier 4 Visa, you must meet the application requirements:

You will be eligible to apply for a Tier 4 Visa if you can claim the 40 points required under this Tier.

  • 30 points for having a valid Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) from a Tier 4 Sponsor
  • 10 points for having enough money to cover course fees and monthly living costs, also known as maintenance or funds

You must also meet:

  • the English Language requirements
  • the Financial Evidence requirements
  • the ATAS requirement, if applicable to your course
  • You must not be subject to refusal under general grounds (for example, declared previous refusals/criminal records etc.)

You can find answers to all Tier 4 Visa application queries on the UKCISA Information and Advice web pages. Please ensure you read this guidance carefully before contacting us. Further questions should be directed to ukvi.Compliance@canterbury.ac.uk.

Last reviewed 13 July.

Passengers travelling from countries not on the exemption list will need to self-isolate in their accommodation for 14 days. This process is sometimes known as quarantining.

Government guidance on how to self-isolate when you travel to the UK can be found here. Please familiarise yourself with the rules as breaking them can lead to a fine of £1,000.

The rules state:

  • You cannot go out to work or school or visit public areas.
  • You should not go shopping.
  • You must only exercise within your home or garden.

NHS Volunteer Responders are available if you need help collecting shopping, medication or would like a telephone ‘check-in and chat’. Call 0808 196 3646 (8am to 8pm) to arrange volunteer support. You can arrange one-off support, or schedule more regular help whilst you are self-isolating.

If you have any queries or concerns about this please contact our Student Wellbeing Advisers on studentwellbeing@canterbury.ac.uk

Last updated: 7 September

Passengers travelling from countries not on the exemption list will need to self-isolate in their accommodation for 14 days. This process is sometimes known as quarantining.

International students staying in University accommodation can arrive early, free of charge, if they need to quarantine safely before teaching starts.

For most students, that self-isolation will take place in your allocated accommodation and if you need to arrive early you will not be charged for this. Students travelling from exempt countries will not need to self-isolate.

Any students travelling from non-exempt countries will need to contact the accommodation@canterbury.ac.uk to advise us of your arrival date and any additional requirements.

The University can help you with food during your self-isolation. Please let the accommodation team know if you want to use this service. It will be charged at £5 per day for the 14-day period of self-isolation. You can also order food deliveries but must wear a face covering and maintain social distancing when collecting. 

If you require bedding and kitchen utensils, please let us know. We will provide you with cleaning materials on arrival for your self-isolation stay. Past that point, you will need to provide your own.

NHS Volunteer Responders are also available if you need help collecting shopping, medication or would like a telephone ‘check-in and chat’. Call 0808 196 3646 (8am to 8pm) to arrange volunteer support. You can arrange one-off support, or schedule more regular help whilst you are self-isolating

Self isolation

Government guidance on how to self-isolate when you travel to the UK can be found here. Please familiarise yourself with the rules as breaking them can lead to a fine of £1,000.

The rules state:

  • You cannot go out to work or school or visit public areas.
  • You should not go shopping.
  • You must only exercise within your home or garden.

You can leave your room in order to access common areas as loans you ensure good ventilation and take note of social distancing. You may need to make a rota to use the kitchen and you will need to clean before and after use. Guidance is here 

 

Last reviewed: 7 September

If you feel unwell with any of the symptoms of COVID:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

You need to get a test. You can access the NHS COVID test site to arrange.

Do not come on to campus and follow the government self isolation guidelines

If you are staying in University accommodation you need to let them know by filling in our form http://bit.ly/cccuisolationform

If you have any queries or concerns about this please contact our Student Wellbeing Advisers on studentwellbeing@canterbury.ac.uk.

Last updated: 7 September

The first thing you need to do is register with a GP

A GP (General Practitioner; also known as a Family Doctor) is your first point of contact for medical treatment in the UK. You will need to register with a GP as soon as possible once you arrive. Most illnesses and other problems can be treated by a GP, but if you need to see a specialist, your GP will refer you to an appropriate hospital department.

To register, you will need to contact the GP surgery or clinic local to your accommodation. Please see: https://www.nhs.uk/

If you are living in Canterbury, students are encouraged to register with the Canterbury Health Centre (very close to Augustine House).

  1. You must complete their registration form and short health questionnaire as accurately as you can.
  2. If you cannot answer a question, please write n/a (not applicable).
  3. It is very important that you write your full Canterbury address clearly, including residence name and number and postcode.
  4. It is also essential to include the date you entered the country.
  5. When complete, email the two forms directly to: chcregistrations@nhs.net. You do not need to send any further documents
  6. You will be registered once the forms are processed.

If you need any medical assistance, please visit the NHS 111 website or call 111.

You will also be able to access medications online from BootsSuperdrugLloyds Pharmac and others.

If you develop coronavirus symptoms you should ask for a test online to find out if you have coronavirus or call the national COVID-19 helpline on 119 to arrange one.

 

Last reviewed: 7 September

Even if you are entitled to free NHS treatment whilst in the UK, you should consider taking out insurance which covers other medical-related costs simply because there is often a long wait for NHS treatment. An insurance policy which gives you access to private medical care could give you much quicker access to the treatment you need.

If you already have medical insurance in your home country, check whether you can extend it to cover your stay in the UK.

If you are an EU/EEA national, you are strongly advised to obtain an EHIC card before you leave your home country.

Last reviewed 13 July.

 

Only in exceptional circumstances will we support remote online studying. This is because we want you to have the best opportunity to succeed and benefit from all that Christ Church has to offer.

Our priority is to provide you with the highest quality education and student experience while protecting your health, safety and wellbeing.

In the new academic year, we aim to provide you with both on-site face-to-face and digital learning and teaching, with access to facilities including the libraries. Your ability to fully participate in all these opportunities will deliver an enriched educational experience and contribute to your academic success.

The UK government is working to ensure that existing visa processes are as flexible as possible, so that international students who are planning to study in the UK can do so. For the latest information regarding travel, including those countries on a self-isolation exemption list, please click here.

In the exceptional circumstance of travel restrictions, we will arrange for you to study your course remotely online. These exceptional circumstances include:

  • your national government advising you not to travel to the UK
  • you not being able to process your Visa in time
  • flights being unavailable

This will be agreed as long as you join us on campus as soon as you are able to, register online with us before September (you will be sent details about this soon) and actively engage with your online learning and teaching.

Some programmes have professional requirements such as placements where remote study might not be possible. This would be dependent on when your placements are scheduled to take place and may mean you need to defer or interrupt. In these cases, you need to contact your programme team to discuss your arrangements.  

The UK government has announced concessions for students who have, or will be applying for, Tier 4 visas, in light of Covid-19. It has confirmed that new international students starting their degrees in the 2020-21 academic year who need to begin their studies through distance learning will remain eligible for their Tier 4 student visa. This is provided that you transition to face-to-face on-site learning as soon as circumstances allow it. You can view the latest UK government guidance here.

For students coming from countries that require quarantine on arrival to the UK, please try to arrange your travel in time to be able to attend your learning and teaching. If you are living in University accommodation you can arrive early free of charge to quarantine. Late arrivals, due to travel restrictions, will be supported by our accommodation team to find accommodation with either ourselves or our partners. To discuss changes to moving-in dates please contact accommodation@canterbury.ac.uk.

To request to be able to study completely online due to exceptional circumstances please complete this form and email to international@canterbury.ac.uk

Last updated: 13 August

It is very important to plan your journey to the campus. If you are using public transport such as trains and coaches, there will be strict rules about wearing face masks. Please ensure you have a supply with you.

If you wish to travel by taxi, it is essential to pre-book a car in advance. The International Partnerships and Development Office (international@canterbury.ac.uk) is able to provide you with contact numbers and again, it is important to travel wearing a mask.

Last reviewed 13 July.

Make sure you have a bankcard that you can use to pay for transport to your accommodation (if you have not pre-paid) and to buy food and groceries etc. online. If you have a non-UK bank, check that you can use your card in the UK and what the commission and limits might be.

You may want to consider online banking providers, as these allow you to set up your account before you arrive in the UK, with the potential for your new bank card to be waiting for you when you arrive.

Last updated: 7 September

We recommend that you have access to internet and a phone that you can use in the UK. If you are living in university accommodation and have completed pre-registration you can connect to the University Wifi wherever you are on campus. Eduroam is the recommended free Wifi service at Christ Church. Click here for information. 

There are several ways you can use to connect to the internet in your university-managed accommodation. For most students, eduroam is the recommended service – you can connect quickly and easily in just a few simple steps. If you are using a games console or a smart TV, you should connect wirelessly via our ResNET service.

Check your mobile provider to make sure you can use your phone from the UK - for example, you may need to unlock your device in advance if you want to use another SIM card. You may also want to consider getting a GiffGaff SIM card ahead of time to ensure you have a UK number in your first few weeks. More information about GiffGaff can be found on their website.

Last updated: 7 September

Marta International Student
“Hey everyone! I am Marta, an international student from Spain about to graduate from CCCU. Being an international student is an adventure and a challenge, but also an extremely rewarding experience. We are really looking forward to seeing you this September and I will make sure we supply you with the advice and support you need to make the most of the experience!”